When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up. Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart. Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets. First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do? Where can they go? They are suddenly alone and depressed. They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react? I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you. In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out. It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better. Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time. Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face. It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward. In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories. Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Most of us live a glam free life everyday. Celebrities probably do but if they go out being glam free they are photographed and the publicity is upsetting to them. We all don’t look perfect all the time. Many people who work at home now wear their loungewear, don’t fix their hair and some don’t even shower regularly. Talk about glam free! The amazing thing is that the celebrities are frequently unrecognizable when they go out glam free. Without makeup and their hair fixed they look like average people. Many women dress perfectly everyday and try to be glamorous. Of course, if you wear makeup everyday it wears down your skin. Our faces aren’t made to wear it on a daily basis. I have worked at home for many years and I dress down slightly, but still dress reasonably every day. Instead of a suit or a dress, I wear nice track pants with a nice shirt. I always fix my hair as well. It’s amazing that glam free also extends to people in public. How many times have you been to the grocery and seen people in sleep pants and slippers? The first time I saw that I was in San Diego, California at a smoothie shop. I was amazed. Many people who work at home now dress the upper half of their person while they sit in their office chair in sleep pants if they have to attend a meeting or speak to someone on Zoom. It probably saves money. I just think we should all try to look our best everyday. In the Good Gus series, everyone dressed nicely. I thought it was important that children see that as a positive example. The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Once you have lost trust from a person, it is almost impossible to get it back. There are numerous people who betray people who really care about them, then they have lost something precious. Couples do it all the time to each other. On Facebook videos the characters think nothing of cheating, lying, and betraying their partners. Once they blow it, then can’t fix it. The old saying, “You can’t change the past,” is quite true. You can make amends, but it still doesn’t change anything. People who are too trusting end up with problems. They believe in people and they are always let down. They could be, for example, the contractor who is making repairs in your home. He may say things that lead you to believe things are much worse. However, if you get another opinion, you may realize the first person is wrong. For example, my family has used the same heating and air conditioning company for years. We never lost trust in them as we were sure they were doing a good job. The reality is that they were mistreating us. Their original installation was put in backwards. The ducting is falling apart and they put a hole in the roof. All these years of believing them has now shown my family they were untruthful. I have totally lost trust in their firm. Now I need to find a company that is truthful and guarantees everything and replaces the entire unit. In the Good Gus series, I never allowed the parents to lose trust in their children. The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has everyone who has lost trust in each other. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details. For many people work is all consuming. They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families. Sadly, they are not. If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends. There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss. In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did. However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc. It’s not fair but that is the real world. There always needs to be a balance. Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast. He liked eggs over easy. However, if it broke, he threw it away. There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs. In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing. In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself. The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind. That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else. The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
People continually pass judgment on one another. You see it in everyday life, in movies, on the internet and in public places. I have never understood this. What is it that makes people think that it is acceptable? In the workplace, the workmates pass judgment on a variety of things. They make remarks about their co-workers clothes, shoes, hair, and overall appearance. The criticize their food choices particularly if they bring their own food. I have never been a person to eat take away at the office. I always brought my lunch. I really didn’t care what others thought. While they are so busy passing judgment, they were neglecting their work. I saw a cute story about a set of twins. One twin was quite popular and had her own group. Her sister was quiet and shy. The popular twin and her friends continually would pass judgment on the shy sister. They made fun of her clothes and one day even threw a tomato at her dress. Their mom had passed and the dad heard the two girls arguing one day as the popular twin and her friends had cut up the quiet girl’s dress that she had made for prom. He said it was about time they knew the real score. The shy twin was born healthy and vibrant. The popular twin was failing. The doctors said there was nothing they could do but a nurse had a better idea. She put the healthy twin in with her and before long she began to thrive as well. The dad said, “So you see, your sister saved your life.” After that the popular twin realized the value of her sister. The next day they went to school together and no one was allowed to pass judgment, criticize or do anything negative to her sister. A valuable lesson. Always appreciate people and never pass judgment on anyone. You could someday be in their shoes. In the Good Gus series no one was allowed to criticize anyone. It would have been negative reading and a bad example. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thought nothing of passing judgment on their benefactors or their shared heirs. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Things tend to go wrong when people are jumping to conclusions. If they automatically assume the worst, many times they are wrong. It’s easy jumping to conclusions if you hear or see something but aren’t one hundred percent accurate as to what you heard or witnessessed. For example, a woman begins snooping on her husband’s phone. She finds a picture of him with another woman. She instantly begins jumping to conclusions. She believes he is cheating on her. She decides to keep watching his phone to see what happens. She doesn’t see them kissing only hugging. She begins to become angry and is thinking of leaving him. Then, one day he comes home with the woman. She begins to lose her patience and asks why he is bringing her into their home. She continues to rant and he tries to explain. He finally forces her to calm down. He then states, “I would like you to meet my sister.” Naturally, the wife’s face drops and her face turns red. She is humiliated and embarrassed. She starts apologizing when the sister just steps up and hugs her. Then, the real story of how they found each other is revealed. This is a happy ending, but most stories end up unpleasant. Sadly, the assumptions are often correct and hurtful to the other party. In the Good Gus series jumping to conclusions was only via Bad Bart. He assumed the negative but Sheriff Gus did the positive. The books are online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily accessible at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world. Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries. Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again. Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy. Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate. It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month. Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling. All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals. Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen. There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.” They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner. In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up. The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution. The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food. Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs. There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat. Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more. One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment. We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs. At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son. We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass. We were assured that they would be fine. After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick. I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food. So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew. He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent. He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately. I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort. You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer. I started with a large pan. I cut up and browned some onions in a large pan. I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats. I removed the meats and put them aside. I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food. You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like. I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor. I did salt the meat. Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor. My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years. My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe. It really works. In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs. If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs? The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Everyone who is older wants to look younger. The number of products available is astronomical. It is a wonder that they all stay in business. There are lotions and potions, supplements, exercises and various products that only a licensed physician can provide. Those include Botox, face lifts, light therapy and more. The number of ads for this is staggering. If it wasn’t for the older generation, many of these companies would be out of business. People who abuse themselves their entire lives with drinking, smoking, lack of exercise, eating fast food, high caloric intakes on a daily basis, are the ones who once they discover they are going to die if they don’t change their ways, are their best customers. Too little too late is usually the case. However, while they are trying to hold onto life, they will spend any amount of money, do anything and try anything to make themselves well again and look younger. The hair loss industry loves this as well. Everyday I see adverts for thinning hair, going bald, losing hair, etc. The amount of money spent to save a person’s hair is enough to feed a family of three for a week. Sure we all want to look younger as we age but if you abused yourself your entire life, unless you have large sums of money for plastic surgery and are willing to give up your old ways, it is never going to happen. Not that this has anything to do with the Good Gus series, it’s just that once again today older women are showing off on internet their bikinis just to prove they do look younger. The series can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” does have characters, particularly females, who wish to look younger, but the younger men come along to steal all their money and for a brief period they do believe the are younger and beautiful. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores. The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open. Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away. It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores. Businesses are dying because of COVID. It is not the best situation. I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season. I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other. I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination. I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty. Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy. The number of closed stores was shocking. Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way. In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores. As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.